National Science Teachers Association
Introducing the Next Generation Science Standards

Dr. Stephen Pruitt
Stephen Pruitt Stephen Pruitt is a Senior vice President with Achieve, Inc., where he has been leading the development of the Next Generation Science Education Standards. Stephen began his career as a high school chemistry teacher in Georgia, where he taught for 12 years. In 2003, he joined the Georgia Department of Education as program manager for science. He served in that role for four years before becoming director of academic standards, where he oversaw the continued implementation of the Georgia Performance Standards in all content areas. In 2008 he became the Associate Superintendent of Assessment and Accountability, responsible for directing all state assessments and overseeing the No Child Left Behind accountability process.


In addition to his state-level work, Stephen also served as president of the Council of State Science Supervisors and a member of the writing team for the College Board's Standards for College Success Science Standards. Most recently, he served on the National Academy of Sciences' Committee on Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards, which is developing the framework for the Next-Generation Science Education Standards.


Dr. David L. Evans
Dr. David L. Evans Dr. David L. Evans is the executive director of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the world's largest professional organization representing science educators of all grade levels.


Before joining the association staff in February 2013, Dr. Evans served as the Director of the Center for Sustainability: Earth, Energy, and Climate at Noblis, Inc., a Virginia-based not-for-profit provider of science-related, strategic, and technology consulting services to government and commercial entities. Prior to joining Noblis in 2007, Dr. Evans served as the Under Secretary for Science at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. From 1993 to 2002, Dr. Evans worked at the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), serving the organization in several different capacities, including as the Assistant Administrator for Oceanic & Atmospheric Research (OAR). Before coming to Washington, D.C., in the mid-1980s, Dr. Evans was a tenured professor of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island and was a classroom teacher in Media, Pennsylvania. Dr. Evans holds a Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. He studied for his teaching certification at Villanova University.




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